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Formula One race in Austin sets ticket prices and race date

June 05, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Ariel Castro polishes a Formula One promotional car outside a Circuit of The Americas news conference last month.
Ariel Castro polishes a Formula One promotional car outside a Circuit of… (Eric Gay / Associated Press )

Tickets go on sale Sunday for this fall's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, which would mark the return of Formula One racing to the U.S. market after a five-year absence.

The race is scheduled for Nov. 18 at a $300-million track now under construction called Circuit of the Americas.

The track said Tuesday that three-day general admission tickets would be $159, and would allow those spectators to watch the race from several grassy berms and other public areas around the 3.4-mile track.

The two days before the race include the drivers' practice sessions and qualifying to set the race's starting order.

Three-day reserved grandstand seats range rom $269 to $499 depending on their location. Circuit of the Americas currently is not selling single-day tickets.

The U.S. Grand Prix is the next-to-last race on the Formula One schedule and could play a key role in determining this year's F1 world champion.

Six different drivers won the first six races of the season, the first time that's happened in the series' 62-year history. Fernando Alonso of Ferrari holds a slim three-point lead over Red Bull Racing teammates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, the reigning champion.

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